Police called to Sidmouth beach after woman in water sparks concern for welfare

Police were called to the beach at Sidmouth on Saturday evening after concerns were raised for the welfare of a woman in the water.

Officers attended shortly before 6pm on June 12 and helped the woman to safety, where she was found to be uninjured.

The woman was spoken to by police and turned down an offer of a lift home.

Beer Coastguard also attended but the team stood down when it was confirmed by police the woman was safe on the shore.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called shortly before 6pm on Saturday 12 June to Sidmouth Beach following reports of concern for the welfare of a woman seen in the water.

“Coastguard and police attended and she was taken to the beach where she was found not have sustained any injuries.

“She was spoken to by officers and offered a lift home which she declined – she left the area shortly after.”

A Beer Coastguard spokesperson said: “As our first team members got to the beach it was confirmed she was safely ashore.

“The police were also on scene and talking with her.

“As she was confirmed as safe, we were stood down and returned to station.”

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